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December 2011

Searching for God in the Desert — by Fr. Pat McNulty. If I remember correctly, it seems to me that I have written at least one Advent article a year in this newspaper about the desert. Many of the details of my time in the Sinai...

The Beauty of Goodness (Relativism - Part 3) — by Fr. Denis Lemieux. I’ve been talking in Restoration these last two months about our post-modern situation, namely, the challenge of relativism. Relativism is the belief that there is no truth, or that we cannot know the truth (which...

Season of Stillness — by Catherine Doherty. My Russian shrine stands peaceful and quiet. Its roof is covered with snow. The Virgin of Kiev is reflected in the vigil light that always burns before her face. It looks especially beautiful in the dark of...

Breakfast at B’s — by Miriam Stulberg. This article was written (but never published) in February 1985, less than a year before Catherine Doherty (whom we called "B") died. She was 89 at the time and already dying. Here is a glimpse of...

Combermere Diary (December 2011) — by Paulette Curran. If you read last month’s "Combermere Diary," you might remember it as a column with lots of events squeezed into it. Well, this month this column will reflect a less eventful month....

Remembering the Early Days — by Bill Ryan. Ever wonder what Madonna House was like back in its pioneering days? In this article, Bill Ryan, who celebrated his 50th anniversary as a staff worker this year, gives a light-hearted glimpse of those "good old...

A Christmas Parable — by Fr. Michael Prieur, associate priest of MH. A man was driving along a highway. It was snowing very hard, and the wind was blowing very strong. He had only a small amount of gas in his tank, but he...

A Christmas Gift — by an MH Mission House director. Ordinarily we would tell you the name of the mission house a story occurred in, and the author, but this time we want to guard the privacy of the woman involved. And to further do...

Just Another Christmas Homily? — by Joe Procopio. I remember the election of Pope John the XXIII in 1958. In December of that year he celebrated his first Christmas Mass as pope, and it was the first time that the Church had the technology...

First Christmas in Combermere — by Catherine Doherty. Catherine’s first winter in Combermere was a difficult one. She and her husband Eddie had little money, the cold was bitter, and except for Grace Flewwelling, or "Flewy," as she was called, it would be a...

The Grace of Christmas — by Pope Benedict XVI. The Lord is here. From this moment, God is truly "God with us." No longer is he the distant God who can in some way be perceived from afar, in creation, and in our own...

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2011) — "Come, thou long-expected Jesus … Dear Desired of every nation, joy of every longing heart." These lines from one of our Advent hymns express well the song of our hearts. As we go about the ordinary tasks of our...

 

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